Watch Mo Salah at FIFA World Cup 2018 on TV, online

Watch Mo Salah at FIFA World Cup 2018 on TV, online

In quotes reported on fifa.com, Cuper said: "Mo Salah is an extremely important player for us, nobody can deny that, but you need to have a good team, and we have a good team".

Egypt comes into the match under a cloud, both in terms of their recent results and the uncertainty surrounding star player Mohamed Salah.

With Russia winning 5-0 vs Saudi Arabia, the game held extra importance due to the hosts' likely to hold a superior goal difference in most scenarios.

The Liverpool superstar's participation was thrown into doubt after he suffered a shoulder injury following a seemingly rough tackle by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the final of Champions League last month.

"He did not play today because we wanted to avoid risk or danger but I think that he will be fine for the next match", said the coach.

Uruguay gave away possession far too easily in midfield but Egypt could not take advantage of their breakaways, although the introduction of dynamic winger Mahmoud Kahraba injected some zeal upfront.

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"We're trying to make him feel confident - even the doctors are giving him the option to play or not, but I know Salah very well and I'm sure he's not afraid, he's not fearful", he said.

The game between Uruguay and Egypt is highly anticipated with latter team because the country will come off a virtual gridlock and now to their first FIFA World Cup match in almost three decades drought.

Egypt face Uruguay in the second game of the 2018 World Cup on Friday, completing the first round of fixtures in Group A. Egypt appeared on pace to earn a draw until Jose Gimenez's late victor. We'll see how it goes today. "Salah will have an important role for us in the future matches".

Uruguay are their toughest opponent on paper, and they will fancy their chances of advancing from Group A, which also includes Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

The Pharoes failed to produce a single shot on target in the opening half but their tireless work-ethic was commendable in a fixture they were widely expected to struggle in - upon their first World Cup showing since 1990.

Displaying incredible reflex saves throughout, the 29-year-old from Al Ahly man looked unbeatable against the world-class attacking duo of Suarez and Cavani.

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